Here is a look at the life of Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, socialite, fashion designer, artist, author, and actress.
Personal: Birth date: February 20, 1924
Birthplace: New York, New York
Birth name: Gloria Laura Morgan Vanderbilt
Father: Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, financier
Mother: Gloria Mercedes (Morgan) Vanderbilt
Marriages: Wyatt Cooper (December 24, 1963-January 5, 1978, his death); Sidney Lumet (August 27, 1956-August 27, 1963, divorce); Leopold Stokowski (April 21, 1945-October 29, 1955, divorce); Pasquale (Pat) di Cicco (December 28, 1941-April 20, 1945, divorce)
Children: with Wyatt Cooper: Anderson, June 3, 1967; Carter, January 27, 1965-July 22, 1988; with Leopold Stokowski: Christopher, January 31, 1952; Leopold, August 22, 1950 Other Facts: The Gloria Vanderbilt collections have included clothing, jewelry, perfumes, shoes, leather goods, sheets, paper goods, and home furnishings.
The company trademark was taken from her first professional stage play, The Swan.
Called the "poor little rich girl" after a battle for her custody made tabloid headlines in the 1930s.
Great-great-granddaughter of 19th century railroad magnate Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Mother of CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper.
Timeline: 1925 - After the death of her father, Reginald, Vanderbilt and her mother move to Europe, primarily living in Paris. Reginald Vanderbilt's will leaves her a multimillion dollar trust fund and his widow $500,000.
1932 - She joins her maternal grandmother, Laura Kilpatrick Morgan, in Newport, Rhode Island.
July 1934-March 1936 - A custody battle ensues between mother, Gloria Mercedes (Morgan) Vanderbilt and paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney for custody of Vanderbilt. The court awards custody to Whitney and visitation to Vanderbilt's mother stating that Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt is an unfit mother.
February 20, 1945 - On her 21st birthday, Vanderbilt assumes control of inheritance, worth $4,295,628.
1946 - Cuts off financial support to her mother.
1948 - Begins to exhibit her artwork.
August 16, 1954 - Stage debut, as the lead in the romantic drama "The Swan," at the Pocono Playhouse in Mountainhome, Pennsylvania.
August 1955 - Publishes a book of poetry, "Love Poems."